“Narcan (naloxone) blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness…(Narcan) is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.”¹
The availability of this life saving drug is increasing state by state as communities are desperately trying to catch up with the startling number of overdose deaths. Narcan’s availability is no longer limited to hospital ER’s only. Because of the increase in demand, availability has extended to police, emergency response professionals, school clinics, and even to those who know someone who is addicted and at risk. However, Narcan training is needed for those seeking the ability to carry and administer this drug.
Staten Island University Hospital, Boston Public Health, and Brandywine Counseling are just a few addiction treatment facilities that have taken that crucial extra step and are offering certified overdose prevention training, via Narcan, to their communities. First of all, attendees learn how to identify the signs of overdose. Attendees will then learn how to administer Narcan. Finally, at the completion of training they will receive a free rescue kit. ²,³
If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about overdose prevention and Narcan training programs in your area please visit SAMHSA’s website.